from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The dwarf chestnut of the United States, Castanea pumila, a shrub or tree, ranging from Pennsylvania to Texas, and bearing a nut similar to that of the chestnut, but smaller and solitary in the bur.
  • noun On the Pacific coast of the United States, the Castanopsis chrysophylla, a tree or shrub of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains.
  • noun The nut of Castanea pumila.

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  • noun Alternative form of chinquapin.

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  • noun small nut of either of two small chestnut trees of the southern United States; resembles a hazelnut


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  • "They picked their way along the ridge, searching for a safe way down through the tangles of chinkapin, poplar, and spruce."

    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 248

    January 19, 2010

  • Also see chinquapin.

    April 29, 2011